The National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain 2007 Summer Course

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  1. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    The National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain
    2007 Summer Course
    23rd-27th July
    Bromsgrove School

    Music Director and Course Director - Dr. Nicholas Childs
    Guest Soloist - David Childs

    Music Tutors this year are:
    Brett Baker
    David Childs
    John Doyle
    Michelle Ibbotson
    Paul Lovatt-Cooper
    Matthew Routley
    Mark Wilkinson

    House Staff
    Emma Clark
    John Clark
    Emma Fishwick
    John Squires Evans
    Catherine Tait
    Gary Walczak
    Monica Walczak


    Grand March from Aida Verdi arr Wright
    Dream Catchers Paul Lovatt Cooper

    In Varied Mood Ray Woodfield
    A Little Prayer Evelyn Glennie
    Guest Soloist David Childs

    Rourke's Drift arr Roger Thorne
    Narrator Matthew Routley


    Bandology Eric Osterling
    Pantomime Philip Sparke

    Carrickfergus arr Stephen Roberts
    Guest Soloist David Childs

    Mickey Mouse Club March Paul Lovatt Cooper
    Little Suite for Brass Band Malcolm Arnold

    Grand Finale Concert
    The Artrix, Bromsgrove
    Friday 27th July - 7.00pm
    Tickets - 01527 577330

    Philip Biggs
    The Magazine for the Brass Musician
  2. Kiz7

    Kiz7 Member

    Hunt acknowledged with NCCB accolade

    Fourteen old year old trombonist Jonathan Hunt was acknowledged for his overall contribution to the National Children's Brass Band Course that took place in Bromsgrove last week but he wasn't alone.

    The fourth National Children's Brass Band of Great Britain Course took place in Bromsgrove last week where another success week concluded with a concert at The Artrix in Bromsgrove, last Friday evening where David Childs was the Guest Soloist.

    During the concert, fourteen old year old trombonist Jonathan Hunt who plays with Mole Valley was presented with the shield that acknowledges his overall contribution to the course and this spans much further than his playing contribution to the week.

    Fifteen nominees
    Jonathan was one of fifteen nominees put forward by the Course's MD, Dr Nicholas Childs, tutors Brett Baker, David Childs, Paul Lovatt-Cooper, Michelle Ibbotson, Matthew Routley, Mark Wilkinson, Course administrator, Philip Biggs and the collective House staff.

    Close call
    If the decision to find the person who should be commended for their overall contribution to the week was tough, Dr Nicholas Childs had the unenviable task of selecting his 'Section of the Week'.

    All of the sections were acknowledged for their efforts during the week, but in the end, the cornets came out on top by the narrowest of margins.

    In addition to Jonathan and the cornet's receiving acknowledgement, the band's Principal Cornet, Daniel Walton also received praise for his overall contribution to the week.

    World Premiere
    Throughout the week, the band worked on an eclectic mix of repertoire including Bandology, Sir Malcolm Arnold's Little Suite for Brass and music from the film, Zulu, entitled Rourke's Drift.

    As was the case with last year's course, percussion tutor, Paul Lovatt-Cooper was commissioned to compose a new work which was entitled 'Dream Catchers' - the title referring to the idea that all young players want to be part of the NCBB.

    The work of around 14 minutes has been written especially as a Youth test piece that challenges all of the soloists in the band and that takes its inspiration from Jazz.

    High praise
    The tutors and house staff were quick to praise not just the success of the week itself but in particular, the players. Phrases mentioned to 4BR included 'a real credit to themselves', 'a terrific bunch of individuals' and 'the sun has been shining all week'.

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  3. Kiz7

    Kiz7 Member

    Another successful course and concert - well done to all!

    Anyone else got a poorly sick kid this week - mine has got raging tonsilitis (went down with it in the Tuesday night of the course) and is near to exhaustion point. But wouldn't let on to anyone as she was worried she'd have to come home and she loved it!
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2007

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